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What to Do in the Early Days When You Bring a Kitten Home

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What to Do in the Early Days When You Bring a Kitten Home
If you've always dreamed of having a furry friend, go get it! However, the first few days after a kitten enters your home can be challenging for you and your pet. If you have never had a pet before, then there will be many questions in your head.
You will think about what you need to buy, what to feed your furry friend, and whether it is worth taking it to the vet right away.
You should take care of such things in advance so that when you bring your dear friend home you will not panic. We will help you by answering the simplest questions that may appear in your head.

How to reduce stress for your kitten?

Once you bring your kitten across the threshold of your home, you may find some oddities in its behavior. Kittens may become stressed over a new place. However, the adaptation period will be quick and after a day or a couple more, you will notice how it begins to explore the territory and have fun.
If you decide to take an adult pet, for example from the streets, you will find that they will endure a change of place more difficult. They can be frightened, and various loud sounds will frighten them, especially if you have small children.
If you see that the kitten at first hides in secluded corners, you should not get it out of there. You should be patient, and you can also create a calm atmosphere so that nothing frightens it. Try not to turn on loud music or TV, and do not speak in raised tones.
Give your furry friend time to settle into their new territory. You should always be nearby so that your kitten does not get stuck somewhere.
Image of a white cat peering over the edge of a table

Do you need to make an appointment with a vet?

Looking at your cute pet, you might think that it does not have any health issues. However, it may have fleas or belly worms, as well as other parasites.
Even if you buy a purebred cat that has been well cared for by its breeder, you should make sure that your pet is healthy. That is why you better not put off going to the vet. Professionals will examine your pet and also give you helpful tips on what to do if your kitten has fleas or worms.
Also, you may want to get more insights about your new furry friend. You can do a Basepaws DNA test that will tell you about your pet's traits, health risks, genetic data, and more. You do not need to take your pet to the vet, as you can run the test at home and receive a digital report.

What do you need to buy?

The basic set for your pet is food and water bowls, as well as a cat litter box. In addition, you should also buy a scratching post so that your kitten knows from the first days where it can sharpen its claws and where not.
Choosing cat litter and food can take some time, as you may not know what your new friend will like. You can try different types of cat litter until you find one that your pet likes and absorbs bad odors better.
Choosing proper food is also a challenge. If you do not want your kitten to develop health issues over time, you should give preference to super premium cat food, as it contains more meat. You should also consult your veterinarian on this matter.
Image of a striped kitten looking up and surrounded by a ball and toys

How to teach your kitten to use the toilet?

A few hours after you bring a cute new friend into the house, you should be busy with litter box training. This can be a lengthy process, but you're better off taking the time so you don't find puddles all over your house later on.
You have several options: wait a while until the kitten chooses a place or show your pet where to go to the toilet. If you choose the latter option, you'd better close the room where the litter box will be and stay with your kitten until it uses a toilet without any coercion.

Conclusion

The first days after you bring a kitten into your home can be exciting, especially if you've never had a pet before. You should create a calm atmosphere for the kitten so that it quickly gets used to the new place. In addition, make sure to choose high-quality food, and litter, and also accustom the kitten to the toilet.
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